Sunday, January 1, 2012

Should you be scared of Rice?

A few of the Rice related questions I've been asked are: 
  1. If I have rice and lie down sideways then will my stomach start bulging out? 
  2. Is rice bad for health?
  3. Does the stomach expand if we have rice?  (yes, the term really was 'expand!') 
  4. Will I become fat if I have rice?
  5. Will I become bulky if I have rice?
  6. I know it's not ok to have cooked rice.. but I can have Bhel right? ( Bhel  uses puffed rice as a base) 
  7. Will puffed rice also make me fat?
  8. Will rice make me bald ??? 
The last one is ridiculous... all right I made that up! but the other 7 are the possibly the most Frequently Asked Questions related to consumption of rice.

Let's understand Rice first:
100 g Cooked Rice (Medium grain / Long grain , both have approx same content)
Calories: 130
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Proteins: 2.3 g
Fats: 0.21 g
Puffed Rice

100 g Puffed rice ( The one used to make Bhel )
Calories: 400
Carbohydrates: 89 g
Proteins: 6.3 g
Fats: 0.5 g
Don't be shocked. Rarely do we consume 100 gms of puffed rice in one sitting. Usually a serving of Bhel  may take anywhere between 15-30gms of puffed rice.

So, there's no reason to be scared of rice. If rice scares you, then the following foods should also scare you:

100 gms Upma  
Calories: 353
Carbohydrates: 73 g
Proteins: 13 g
Fats: 1.1 g

100 gms Poha
Calories: 184
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Proteins: 3 g
Fats: 3 g

1 udipi Dosa: 
Calories: 285
Carbohydrates: 51 g
Proteins: 7 g
Fats: 6 g

Chapati ( 2 nos) 
Calories: 142
Carbohydrates: 30 g
Proteins: 4 g
Fats: 1 g

All the foods listed above, in a certain quantity will have a combination of Carbohydrates , Proteins and Fats , similar to that of rice. Does that mean , we eliminate all these foods from our diet?

Have we ever though of eliminating Maggi from our diet?

consider this, 
100 gms Maggi contains:
Calories: 402
Carbohydrates: 58.9 g
Proteins: 9.2 g
Fats: 14.4 g

Truth is, even the most healthiest of foods can make you fat, if you consume more amount of calories than you burn. So, for a person who is consuming rice and gaining fat, Rice is not necessarily the culprit.
But his over all diet may consist of calories that exceed the amount of calories his body burns everyday.

Our bodies follow a simple law of energy balance.
  • If the number of Calories in is greater than the number of calories out (burnt) , the person will gain fat.
  • If the number of Calories in is lesser than the number of calories out (burnt) , the person will lose fat.
At the core of any Fat loss program lies the simple Law of energy Balance; Calories in vs Calories Out
Bottom line: Look at the nutrition label before you judge any food group or food item and then decide whether or not it is good for your body.
And yes.. don't forget to enjoy your Jeera rice with a bowl of yummy Dal Makhani !! 


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